Marc Anthony put racist tweeters in their place yesterday on morning TV.
"There were some statements made that people were upset that they would have someone from another country sing the national anthem," he told "Live with Kelly and Michael" hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. "Let's get this straight. I was born and raised in New York. You can't get more New York than me."
The Grammy winner was reacting to a slew of ridiculous tweets after he sang "God Bless America" at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday night.
"Why is a Mexican, Marc Anthony, singing god bless America? Doesn't he know this is AMERICA's song?" asked @BlurNulled.
"Marc Anthony singing God Bless America on the MLB Allstar Game..........am I the only person that finds that un-American," wondered @SirRock1001.
Ironically, even if Anthony had not been born in the United States, Puerto Rico is still an American territory. The salsa singer is way more American than Canadian Celine Dion, who sang "God Bless America" at the Super Bowl in San Diego ten years ago. And when a Canadian jazz singer massacred the "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Memorial Cup hockey game in Canada this past May, she got ribbed for her poor performance, but not because she had no business singing the patriotic American song.
Despite the cyber rocks thrown at him by some racists, Anthony could come out a winner in this highly publicized personal attack. Since his divorce from Jennifer Lopez, he has been chopped liver to her Oysters Rockefeller.
The Bronx bred hottie has received a lot of media attention for her romance with her much younger boyfriend, Casper Smart, being a single mommy to 5-year-old twins Emme and Max, her Dance Again World Tour, and several acting and producing roles. Most recently she got great press for executive producing "The Fosters" for ABC Family, a new sitcom about a multi-ethnic family headed up by lesbian moms.
Meanwhile, Anthony has been in the media dog house since he parted ways with his more popular ex-wife. He received a lot of bad press after their divorce, with accusations that he was too controlling of Jenny from the Block. Anonymous sources came out of the woodwork claiming, "Marc has always been a very dominating husband" and "He would make her feel terrible about herself if she wanted to wear something sexy. He likes her to dress in a demure, 'wife' style. He hated the fact that she was a sex symbol."
By reacting with class and humor to the uproar created by his singing "God Bless America" at this week's All-Star game, Anthony earned some positive media attention that could give his battered public image some big bonus points.
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